Pathologists dying out
SLOVAKIA faces a shortage of qualified pathologists because, as insiders say, the specialization has become unattractive to young medics.
"There is a threat that district hospitals will shut down pathology [departments] because there is no one to work there," Peter Hudec, the head of the pathology department at Banská Bystrica's Roosevelt hospital, told the daily SME.
Of Slovakia's 19,000 doctors, only 132 are pathologists, a number too low to serve the needs of the hospitals. According to some pathologists, it is a common misconception that they only perform autopsies, a concept that most likely discourages most young medical students from specializing in the field.
"In Slovakia the view of pathology has been simplified to [include only] autopsies. But, this is not true: Pathology mainly serves the living," Hudec said.
Apart from performing autopsies, pathologists are crucial in diagnosing biological samples from living patients, a process that helps doctors determine treatment processes.
Bar troublemaker sets guest's hair on fire
A DRUNK patron was handcuffed after harassing bar guests and attempting to set one guest's hair on fire.
According to the Slovak daily Pravda, the 36-year-old man, not named, will face charges of hooliganism and attacking a public official, after he attacked a policeman who was called to the scene to placate the uneasy drunk, in the eastern Slovak town of Krompachy.
At first, the man shouted vulgarities at several of the bar's guests and later lit a female patron's hair on fire, though she managed to put it out immediately.
When officers came to calm him down, he attacked one of them, causing unspecified injuries and leaving him unable to work for nine days.
Wax Hitler scares museum employee
A MUSEUM employee suffered a scare after the hands of a wax figure of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler unexpectedly fell off.
A travelling exposition of various wax figurines, including that of Hitler, is on display in Bratislava's Slovak National Museum.
According to Zlata Šmídová, who was standing near the figurine when the incident took place, a specialist from St. Petersburg was scheduled to mend the amputated dictator.
"Hitler, in his typical posture, held his hands crossed under his stomach. In one moment, both hands swooshed to the ground. I was terribly scared," Šmídová said to the Slovak daily Nový Čas.
She added that Hitler's image still has the power to make people feel sick and scared, even after more than half a century since his death.
Šmídová said that one museum visitor who was standing near the statue "started to feel sick after a moment".
"She said she felt as if he wanted to grab her," Šmídová said.
Sklenaříková baptizes the SkyEurope plane.
Supermodel gets plane named after her
IN A SYMBOLIC ceremony on September 17, Slovak-born supermodel Adriana Sklenaříková baptized a Boeing 737 passenger plane named after her with drops of her own perfume brand.
The Adriana is also decorated with a large-scale image of the beauty, who is known for her extremely long legs, measuring 126 centimetres from the top of the hip, and who made a big name in the modelling business as a Wonderbra model in the 1990s. She is now involved in numerous charities and is a face for the Red Cross campaign in France.
On the same day, Sklenaříková celebrated her 32nd birthday.
The Adriana Boeing, which belongs to the local SkyEurope airline, has transported such high profile passengers as John Paul II, who used the plane for his travels around Slovakia on his recent visit to the central European state.
Theif leaves his IDs in a bar
ON THE RUN out of a gambling room that he had just robbed, a thief left his ID behind when he went to rob another shop and game room. After he realized his mistake and had finished his next robbery, he finally went to police to admit to his crimes.
The Slovak daily Nový čas reported that the transgressor, a 22-year-old businessman from Fulianka, a village in the Prešov district, lost Sk3,000 (€71) gambling on September 13 in a Prešov game room, then pulled his gun and demanded money from the cashier, who eventually gave him Sk15,000 (€360).
The man, not named, left the establishment and realized that he had left a bag with his IDs in the shop. Scared to go back, he decided to take a cab to Košice, where he robbed a food store and another game room, raking in another Sk20,600 (€490)
Soon, however, he lost all the money gambling. Desperate about what he had done, he rang his father to tell him what had happened. His father advised him to go to the police, and the troubled son, seeing no other way out, eventually did so.
A cop's tale: sleeping on duty
A POLICE officer who refused to submit to a breathalyser after being caught sleeping on his desk by internal police inspectors will lose his job.
The Slovak daily Nový čas reported on September 27 that Jozef V., head of Prešov's highway police, was caught snoring at his desk during working hours but subsequently refused to be tested for the presence of alcohol in his body.
Prešov regional police spokeswoman Magdaléna Fečová said to the daily that Jozef V.'s superiors have already prepared a proposal for his release from duty.
Though it has yet to be signed by Interior Minister Vladimír Palko, the dismissal is expected without delay, as the minister is known for his uncompromising stance towards officers who neglect or poorly perform their work. Since Palko took office last autumn, he has fired 175 officers.
Our man in NASA
LADISLAV Roth from Košice, who recently received a national award for his excellent work in the field of natural sciences, has been employed for decades with the US NASA.
Roth, a single man who says no woman would tolerate a husband who works days and nights, emigrated to the US in 1966 and has since participated in the preparation of numerous space expeditions.
Roth, born in 1936, works at the University of California, where he also studied planetary physics.
In an interview with the Slovak daily SME, he said that while at university, he met people from NASA who made an offer for him to join the national agency.
"The fact that my beginnings in the US were not difficult is a coincidence, but I think that the fact that my English was quite decent played an important role," Roth said.
He said that he never watches Hollywood movies dealing with aerospace themes, and that he was there during the catastrophe of Apollo 13, in 1970, so he felt no need to witness Hollywood's adaptation of it.
He also said that the Columbia shuttle disaster, in early 2003, affected everyone working in space exploration at the time.
Roth also said that he never regretted that he could not set his foot on another planet, adding that he preferred to go to Hawaii or Tahiti.
6. Oct 2003 at 0:00